Health & Wellness Masthead
September 2013


September is Attendance Awareness Month!  Every School Day Counts Toolkit


Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Joseph A. Ovick, and District Attorney, Mark Peterson, are embarking on an awareness campaign, Every School Day Counts: Attend today, achieve for a lifetime!
There is a relationship between unhealthy behaviors and low school attendance. For example, students who smoke cigarettes are eight times more likely to report being truant in 7th grade. (WestEd Factsheet 5) Students who do not attend school also miss the opportunity to participate in important prevention programs.
For more information on the campaign and to access the customizable toolkit and posters, click here.  


Emily Justice
Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE)


Contra Costa County Youth Health Coalition (CYHC)
Now Accepting Applications! 

Vision: We envision the Contra Costa County Youth Health Coalition to be a youth-centered and directed group that plays a leadership role in addressing health-related issues. Young people will develop skills that empower them to create healthy environments through awareness and advocacy projects.

We are now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year. Applications are due by Friday, September 30. 

Students in grades 8 - 12 who attend school in Contra Costa County are eligible to apply.  


More information, application instructions and forms: 

Questions? Contact Emily Justice

Photo Contest: Tobacco and Its Impact in My Community 
Photo Contest Banner

Sponsored by the California Department of Public Health's Tobacco Control Program and the American Cancer Society, this contest will showcase images submitted by California students that "tell the story" about tobacco control issues that significantly impact youth and disadvantaged communities.
For contest information, flyers and rules, click here
Registration Now Open!
Register now for these upcoming trainings
Impact of Bullying & Violence on Students 
This training will address the impact of violence on brain development; new research on bullying; school and family violence; the relationship between violence and student suicide; and research-based prevention and intervention programs.  

Friday, October 4
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: CCCOE
Fee: $20
Training Flyer 
CHKS Adminstration & Data Sharing  
This training provides an overview of survey administration, as well as concrete strategies to analyze and share data with students, staff, parents and the general community.This training is appropriate for district and school staff as well as community partners working with schools.
CHKS Logo 
Wednesday, October 23  
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: CCCOE
Fee: No Cost

Food Day is October 24
A nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable,
 and sustainably produced food.
Food Day Logo
Here are ideas for how schools can get involved: 
  • Create a class mural of healthy fruits & vegetables
  • Have a drawing or coloring contest 
  • Organize a Food Day Festival 
For more information, check out the Food Day Brochure
Thank You
We hope you enjoyed this month's Health & Wellness Matters e-newsletter! If you have suggestions for future articles or resources to share, contact Emily Justice.

CCCOE Educational Services
Emily Justice, Manager, Tobacco Use Prevention Education

Pamela Comfort, Ph.D.,
Associate Superintendent, Educational Services

Pam Tyson, Ph.D., Director, Educational Services
In This Issue
CCC Youth Health Coalition
Photo Contest
October Trainings
Food Day
Fast Facts & News Articles

Upcoming Meetings, Trainings & Events

For more information on any of the meetings and trainings listed below, contact Emily Justice.
TUPE Site Coordinators Training
Friday, September 20
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: CCCOE

Bullying Prevention & Intervention Training
Friday, October 4
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: CCCOE

Positive Prevention Curriculum Training
Thursday, October 17
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: TBD
CHKS Adminstration & Data Sharing Training
Wednesday, October 23
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: CCCOE
Brief Intervention for Substance Using Adolescents Training
Monday, October 28
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: CCCOE
Northern California  
Safe & Healthy Schools Conference 
Learn Healthy, Grow Healthy, Live Healthy!
November 7-8, 2013

Hot Topics Training
Increasing comfort and facilitation skills
Thursday, November 21
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: CCCOE

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 Useful Resources



Fast Facts & News Articles


Students are more likely to go to school if they know someone cares whether they show up. 

Attendance Works


Teens are more likely to smoke if a parent or older sibling smokes, or if a parent smoked as a teen.




In All Flavors, Cigars Draw In Young Smokers 8/17/13 New York Times


Illicit Drugs and Mental Illness Take a Huge Global Toll, 8/28/13 NPR


CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health has released the 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study results online